5th Birthday Party with a Western Toy Story Theme.
My daughter requested a “Jessie” party. Of course she had to have her friends “Woody & Bullseye” be part of the festivities too. I didn’t want the toy story part to overtake the party so I used them only in napkin rings, favor tags and some of the pennants.
My style for parties depends on the type of party, location and most importantly the person the party is for. Each party is special and should reflect whom you are throwing the party for. I make special attention to function and flow of party. So there is not one area where there is too much congestion.
www.etsy.com/shop/neighborhoodkids: Invitations, Favor Tags & Pennants.
www.paper-source.com: All solid paper material for invitations. Envelopes and tissue for poms. Very important to use quality tissue for the poms. You can tell the difference between tissue that is heavier weight than light weight tissue. Saved money making these and you can find directions on www.marthastewart.com.
www.michaels.com: Arts & Crafts store. Check online for a store near you. Mini bales of straw, wood barn, ribbon and farm stand baskets.
www.classichostess.com: Drink Dispensers. This site offered many different styles, from very simple to ornate. Wish I would have found one with a metal spout but those are hard to find. Taking a chance on how long these will last since they are plastic spouts. They worked for the party and didn’t leak and well priced. I was able to buy two for the price of one compared to other sites that still only sold dispensers that had plastic spouts.
www.ikea.com: Easel & Frames. Napkins.
www.smartandfinal.com: Paper Plates, plastic utensils and disposable chafing dishes. I also found individual hand sanitizers. I had these in a basket at the beginning of the food line.
www.joannefabrics.com: Pattern for party girl’s dress and fabric.
www.orientaltrading.com: Cowboy hats, bandanas, sheriff badges, cute western theme lollipops, Barn door backdrop for photo booth and other trinkets used for general store.
For Los Angeles Area:
www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22277: Rio De Los Angeles State Park: 323.276.3015 In the Los Angeles area this park allows for bouncy rental. Great venue especially if your party is during a time of year where it may rain. We wanted to make sure we had the option if in case and in our case we avoided the rain by one day. They allow for bouncy rentals. If you rent the room you are more than likely the only party at the park for the day. There is always a coordinator on the premises to help answer any questions. Also there was a kitchen that provided a refrigerator, sink and counter space to get food together.
www.magicjumprentals.com: Very clean bouncy and not covered in advertisement. Great communication. Would use again.
www.losangelesclown.com: Told them it was a western theme and they sent over a cowboy clown. He was great with the kids. Provided balloon animals, face painting and magic show. Would use again.
Damoor’s Feed & Track: 818.242.2841. Bales of straw
Natan Fabric: 213.689.7744 Contact: Robert 410 East 9th Street Los Angeles, CA 90015 Picnic Red & White Check Tablecloth.
The General Store was my favorite part. The birthday girl loved it. The kids got to play a role in what was part of there goodie bag. Reminded the parents of the penny candy stores they used to go to as a kid.
-Table space is important for me. I always like to make sure I have enough table space. So taking time before hand to set up a mock table to make sure you have enough room prevents you from having to squeeze everything together or to eliminate food or dessert from your table.
-If you have people who would like to do something for the party in my case a friend wanted to make the birthday cake as her gift to the birthday girl. I gave her examples of what the birthday girl would have liked and she was then able to tell me what she could do. If you want something more than what they can provide then go to a professional. Be honest. The last thing you want to be is disappointed. In my case, I appreciated the fact that this was something she wanted to do for the birthday girl and I kept my expectations within what I knew she could provide. It came out beautiful and most importantly, delicious.
The web is a great tool for research and buying. Saves money and makes your time more efficient. There are so many great blog sites out there that love to share their party ideas. Thank you internet and to all for sharing. Project nursery is one of my favorites because they have a mix of the professional party planners and excited parents who like me party plan as a creative outlet. Thank you project nursery and to all who contribute to the site.
Last bit of advice….enjoy! Enjoy the party with your little cowgirl or cowboy and your guests. Nothing like seeing how everything you planned for is enjoyed by all.